John Lytle Wilson is a Birmingham, Alabama-based artist known for colorful paintings of animals and robots. Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, John received a BFA from Birmingham-Southern College and an MFA from Florida State University, after which he served as Artist in Residence at 621 Gallery. He has since built a national and international exhibition record and has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings and Oxford American, which included him in 100 Under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art.
Artist Statement: My paintings stem from my interest in the power of images. From advertising and product design to museum pieces and iconography, we have long used imagery to attract, convert, and sell. I see these modern and ancient examples as segments of a larger continuum of images. I choose animal and robot imagery as stand-ins for traditional human subject matter. These also allow me to explore issues such as consciousness, free will and mortality.